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Questions about the book of 2 Samuel. The book chronicles much of David's reign over the united kingdom of Israel. It was originally the second half of 1 Samuel, but was split when the Septuagint was translated from Hebrew.

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Why do many English translations substitute “Merab” for “Michal” in 2 Samuel 21:8?

The Hebrew says: וְאֶת־חֲמֵ֗שֶׁת בְּנֵי֙ מִיכַ֣ל בַּת־שָׁא֔וּל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָלְדָ֛ה לְעַדְרִיאֵ֥ל בֶּן־בַּרְזִלַּ֖י הַמְּחֹלָתִֽי My translation: and the five sons that Michal daughter of Shaul bore to ...
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Why did King David think his census was sinful? [duplicate]

King David entrusted Joab to "number Israel and Juda" (2 Sam. 24:1), then (v. 10): David's heart struck him, after the people were numbered: and David said to the Lord: I have sinned very ...
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Why are some verses only applied to Jesus in part?

Hosea 11:1 and 2 Samuel 7:14, both verses are applied to Jesus by the NT authors themselves Matthew 2:15 (ESV): "and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord ...
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How many mighty warriors did David have? 37 or 53?

2 Samuel 23 was likely recorded at the end of David's reign and it records 37 mighty men and guards 2 Samuel 23:1 (NKJV): "Now these are the last words of David..." 2 Samuel 23:39 (NKJV): ...
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Understanding 1 Chr. 17:21 (2 Sam. 7:23) & Ams. 9:7, "What other nation have you redeemed?"

In David's prayer of thanks to God in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27 (2 Samuel 7:23), David asks, seemingly implying that no other nation has been redeemed by God: And what one nation on the earth is like ...
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Why was David allowed to take more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, during the establishment of his government, in direct violation of Deut, 17:17

Deut, 17:17a, specifically says:- "Neither shall he (the king) multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away" It seems that David was able to get away with almost anything when it ...
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Location of 2 Samuel 24 (David's Census)

2 Samuel 23:1 includes that last words of David, king of Israel. And yet, on the next page we have a story of the kingdom of David (2 Samuel 24) featuring the king himself, and also the prophet Gad ...
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Uzzah's sin of touching the ark was actually meant to be in reverence for same, with no time for aforethought, or consequence, so why death? 2 Sam 6:7

One would hope that Uzzah's punishment of death, carried out immediately by God, would not extend to a resurrection to further punishment, as opposed to a resurrection to eternal life, but then again ....
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What does "with me" mean in 2 Samuel 23:5?

2 Samuel 23:5 "For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my ...
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who anointed Absalom?

In 2 Samuel 19:10 We can read that Absalom was anointed (מָשַׁח H4886) over them i.e. as a king. 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of ...
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How did the writer of 1 Samuel 31 know that Saul committed suicide if his armor bearer also committed suicide?

I know that the explanation of Saul's death from 1 Samuel 31 contradicts what the Amalekite told David in 2 Samuel 1, but how do we even have the first explanation? Both people committed suicide ...
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How do we reconcile 1st Chronicles 18:4 with 2nd Samuel 8:4?

“Then David defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the Euphrates River. from him 1,700 horsemen and twenty thousand foot soldiers; and David hamstrung ...
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Did David choose the pestilence in 1 Chronicles 21:13?

After having sinned David is given three options from which to choose 1 Chronicles 21:12 NLT You may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by your enemies, or three days of severe ...
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What was the spiritual significance of one not buried in his father's sepulchre?

On many occasions when one died he was said to be buried in his father's sepulchre: KJV Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his ...
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Did Jonadab collude with Absalom to stage a coup?" (2 Sam. 13:20 ) & (2 sam. 30:32)

( Credit to @creativemechanic for Reference: https://www.worthychristianforums.com/topic/284950-2-samuel-131-14-amnons-fellowship-with-jonadab-should-be-a-warning-for-us-christians-about-being-careful-...
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Why did Ahimaaz the son of Zadok run ahead of the Cushite to Only provide good news about War Victory, & Not the Bad News about Absalom's death?

(2 Samuel 18:19-33) (New American Standard Bible 1995 ) 19 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, “Please let me run and bring the king news that the Lord has freed him from the hand of his enemies.” 20 ...
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Does "saved" mean the same thing in 2 Samuel 3:18 & Ephesians 2:8?

2 Samuel 3:18 speaks of David saving Israel: 18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the ...
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Why is this quote applied to the Son?

“I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭ Or “I will be ...
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Why are "Judah" and "Israel" distinguished in many verses BEFORE the split of the two kingdoms?

Similar questions have been asked previously, but answers emphasized the era after the split of the tribes. Even though Judah is one of the tribes of Israel, why are Judah and Israel often ...
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Did G'd live truly in a tent?

Shabbat Shalom, I've heard a rabbi, and he said that G'd lives inside human beings since always, but I found this verse from II Samuel 7:6: From the day that I brought the people of Israel out of ...
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How is Joab related to Amasa?

I’m having a hard time distinguishing this from the text. It’s clear that Amasa’s parents are Jithra and Abigail. It gets confusing to me after that. “And Absalom made Amasa captain of the army ...
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Did Amnon have "agape" love for Tamar according to the Septuagint?

In 2 Samuel 13, Amnon is said to "love" his beautiful sister Tamar (v. 1). The verb "love" is apparently translated agapao, the verb form of agape, in the Septuagint. Long story ...
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Was Joab guilty of Uriah's death in 2 Samuel 11:14-17?

2 Samuel 11:14-17 ESV In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back ...
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Why was David rebuked for adultery and death of Uriah only in 2 Samuel 12?

After committing adultery David conceives a plan to get rid of Uriah.His plan involves getting the Israelites close to the wall of their enemies which culminates in the death of innocent men. 2 Samuel ...
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Was Bathsheba a Hittite?

2 Samuel 11: 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3and David sent someone to find ...
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How do we reconcile 2 Samuel 5:6-8 with 2 Sam. 9:11-13? Did David really hate the blind and the lame?

In the Second Book of Samuel we read something very curious: 2 Samuel 5:6-8: "Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to ...
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In the Psalms, who is David asking God to save him from?

After David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Uriah murdered, Samuel laid out what God's judgment on David would be in II Sam 12:10-12,14. David would be beleaguered by people for his sin,...
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What was the purpose of the competition between 12 of Abner's and Joab's men (2 Sam. 2:14-6)?

In the Book of Second Samuel we read of a curious competition between 12 young soldiers of both Abner and of Joab: 2 Samuel 2:14-16: "Then Abner said to Joab, 'Now let the young men arise and ...
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2 Samuel 11:14 In what form of Hebrew did David write in?

In what form of Hebrew did David write in 2 Samuel 11:14? 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. Did David use modern alef-beit אָלֶף־בֵּית or did he use ...
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Did David overreact to the theft of the poor man's lamb in 2 Samuel 12:5-6?

After hearing the story of the rich man who stole a lamb to feed his own visitor,David reacts by passing a death sentence 2 Samuel 12:5-6 NIV 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to ...
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Why does God speak to David using both second and third-person in 2 Samuel 7:12-16?

2 Samuel 7:12-16 (NIV) says, 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 ...
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At what age did David really become king of Judah and/or Israel?

At first glance, reading 2 Samuel 5:4 can be contextually interpreted to mean that David became king of Israel at 30 years old because he was anointed king of Israel in the previous verse. However, ...
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David was 30 years old when he became king. Jesus was 30 when he started public ministry. Coincidence?

2 Samuel 5:4 New International Version David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. Luke 3:23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. ...
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Why were the killings of the Gibeonites in 2 Samuel 21:1 noticed more than that of the priests at Nob in 1 Samuel 22:18-19?

1 Samuel 22:18-19 NIV 18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ...
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Who led David to number Israel God or Satan? [duplicate]

In 2 Samuel 24:1 it says that the Lord God himself led or tempted David to number Israel but 1 Chronicles 21:1 says that the Devil himself did, is this a contradiction? and if no, then how could we as ...
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Was it out of envy that David brought the ark out of the house of Obed-edom in 2 Samuel 6:12?

After having abandoned the Ark for more than three months David quickly removes it from the house of Obed-edom after having heard that God had blessed the house of Obed-edom. 2 Samuel 6:12 NASB 12 Now ...
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Does anything in the Hebrew text of Genesis 34:2-7 suggest that Shechem's actions against were less severe than Amnon's in2 Samuel 13:11-16?

I am not trying to be insensitive but I was trying to compare nature of the sexual violations of Dinah against those of King David's daughter, Tamar. Please do Not misunderstand me. Sexual ...
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Was David a priest is the order of Melchizedek? (Ps 110) [closed]

2 Samuel 8:18 says: "...and David's sons were priests" but of the order of Melchizedek and not Aaron, as David had declared, inspired by the Holy Spirit in Ps 110. Solomon himself offered ...
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Why did God forgive David (2 Samuel 12:13), but not Judas (Matthew 27:3-4) for an identical confession of sin?

How can only the confession of David (for betraying Uriah) receive God’s forgiveness, but the identical confession along with additional repentance of Judas in Matthew 27:3-4 (for betraying Jesus) ...
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What is the job description of an armor bearer?

2 Samuel 23:37 Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah, What exactly does an armor-bearer do? How can he be a mighty man?
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When did the house of Joseph begin to be used to refer to other tribes or all Israel?

In 2 Samuel 19:16, Shimei is known as a Benjaminite. But later in verse 20, he says "I have been the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king." Gill's ...
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Was Tamar complicit in her rape case in 2 Samuel 13?

2 Samuel 13:12-14 NASB 12 But she said to him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this disgraceful sin! 13 As for me, where could I [f]get rid of my ...
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Did God stop the plague before or after David's offerings in 2 Samuel 24?

2 Samuel 24 15 So the LORD sent a plague upon Israel from that morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died. 16But when the angel stretched out his ...
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What is the meaning of full salvation in 2 Samuel 23:5?

Berean Study Bible 2 Samuel 23:5 Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation ...
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How can 2 Samuel 7:14 be considered a Messianic promise?

2 Samuel 7:12-16 is part of what is regarded as God's covenant with King David as relayed by Nathan the prophet. Many theologians have seen in this promise a pointing forward not just to David's ...
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Did God use David in order to punish Israel?

In the story In 2 Samuel 24, David took a census in Israel and God punished Israel killing 70,000 thousand men. At the first verse of the story it reads (NASB): Now the anger of the Lord burned ...
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How does a forest kill more people than a battle?

2 Samuel 18:8 The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword. How does a forest kill people? In particular, how could it kill more than ...
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What is the purpose of אני אהיה in 2 Samuel 7:14?

I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, (2 Samuel 7:14) אני אהיה־לו לאב והוא ...
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How did the Lord 'put away' the sin of David? 2 Samuel 12:13

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. [2 Samuel 12:13 KJV] How, and when, did the Lord 'put ...
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How to reconcile Deuteronomy 24:16 and 2 Samuel 12:14?

Deuteronomy 24:16 Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. 2 Samuel ...
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